Driver In Fatal El Camino Crash Hires New Attorney

The driver's plea has been continued to September.

The driver in the  that killed two cousins from San Bruno and South City has hired a new lawyer for the case.

Rodney Corsiglia, 49, of San Bruno was expected to enter a plea today in connection with his arrest after the fatal crash. He appeared briefly in San Mateo County Superior Court but did not enter a plea. His attorney, Robert Canny, said he could no longer represent Corsiglia because of a conflict.

Corsiglia has now hired Sacramento attorney Michael Bowman. Bowman appeared on behalf of Corsiglia at the Redwood City Hall of Justice and asked a judge for more time to review the case, which the court granted.

The entry of plea is now scheduled to take place at the same location at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Corsiglia continues to be held in San Mateo County Jail without bail and faces charges including two counts of murder, vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury and death.

On July 28 at about 12:16 p.m., Corsiglia, who had a negligent driving record and was driving on a suspended license, apparently Arnulfo Picazo and Usbaldo Gomez, who were stopped at a light at Sneath Lane and El Camino Real. Corsiglia also struck two other vehicles that were stopped at the intersection. 

, who had just left the baptism of Gomez's 1-year-old daughter at St. Bruno's Church in San Bruno, were pronounced dead at the scene, while four people, including at least two children, in the other two cars were sent to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said , which was a factor with six other crashes he caused within four years, from 2007 to 2011. Corsiglia's driving license was permanently revoked in June 2011.

Despite the license suspension and the seizure disorder, Corsiglia decided to drive anyway, Wagstaffe said, which is why prosecutors are pursuing murder charges.

Bay City News Service contributed to this story.

bonnie Hawkins August 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM
So sorry for everyone, this is a terrable case . I can,t help thinking if he has money to hire an attorney too bad he didnt hire a cab like so many of us do that can,t or are unable to drive.
Karen Romano August 23, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I understand he was ill, but why couldn't his "successful" siblings & other family make sure he didn't drive. Why does he even have a car? He could have a bike, hired a cab or called a friend or family member. There is even the bus that will pick you up with just a phone call. Instead 2 young fathers are gone. Their wives, children & families forever changed & hurting.
Just Sister September 07, 2012 at 06:17 AM
So true! I am one of the sisters who lost a brother and a cousin. All I wanted to hear does he have any remorse? Is there nothing anybody can do to bring my brother or cousin back to me and his family. I greatly miss both of them. They were proud DADS and FATHERS! I very proud to be part of the Picazo/Gomez family. Our family has been deeply hurt and will NEVER be the same again. The big question how can we continue to be strong to look in the children left behind and explain to them where their dads are and why they will no longer be at one of their soccer, baseball, gymnastics event. How can someone take it upon themself and be selfish enought to disregard what could have happened and DID! I pray to GOD to give me and the family strenght to continue with life and to be strong for these little kids. It is not easy to look at their eyes and not feel their pain and we hide our pain so they can not see it. Time .. . . .only time and God will help us in this journey


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